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Dianthus 'Rosie Cheeks'

Family: Caryophyllaceae (kar-ree-oh-fil-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Dianthus (dy-AN-thus) (Info)
Cultivar: Rosie Cheeks
Additional cultivar information:(PP14045; Devon Cottage series; aka Valda Louise)
Hybridized by Whetman
Registered or introduced: 2001


Alpines and Rock Gardens



6-12 in. (15-30 cm)


12-15 in. (30-38 cm)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun


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Bloom Color:



Magenta (Pink-Purple)

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer



Other details:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

By dividing the rootball

From herbaceous stem cuttings

From woody stem cuttings

From softwood cuttings

By simple layering

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Fayetteville, Arkansas

Petersburg, Indiana

Pineville, Louisiana

Saint Louis, Missouri

Elizabeth City, North Carolina

Knoxville, Tennessee

Hinesburg, Vermont

Charlottesville, Virginia

Freeland, Washington

Spokane, Washington

Eau Claire, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Apr 4, 2011, ladygold56 from Pineville, LA wrote:

This is a new plant to my garden, but I too was surprised by the small number of entries as it is loaded with beautiful, heavily perfumed flowers. I am starting with two quart plants, that I have potted. Am interested in separating, when it comes time to put into my perennial garden and am also curious as to when would be the best time to transplant over.
Any info would be appreciated.



On May 8, 2009, gochamps from Minneapolis, MN wrote:

Delightful spicy fragrance.
I just purchased (May 2009) this plant, potted, in bloom.
It makes a nice addition to the spring flowering bulbs.
Presumably it was 'forced' into bloom.
The name is "Rosy Cheeks"
Dianthus hybrida 'Valda Louise' (P.P. 14045)


On Jan 27, 2009, StolenMoments from Petersburg, IN wrote:

Such a pretty little preformer, I am surprised there are not more posts. I loved the cottage old fashioned look of the beautiful pink blooms. The foilage is grey-green and pretty contrast to my beds. It is semi-evergreen here in Southern Indiana. It bloomed consistantly most of the summer. I posted a picture too. Happy gardening.